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The American Badger (Taxidea taxus) is a stocky, medium-sized mammal.
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    How To Identify Badger Problems

     

    Badger Description
    American Badgers are fairly easy to identify they have a triangular face with a distinctive black and white pattern and a stocky body covered with shaggy grizzled fur. They are silver-gray, have long guard hairs, a black patch on each cheek, black feet, and a characteristic white stripe extending from their nose over the top of its head. Badgers may weigh up to 30 pounds (13.5 kg), but average about 19 pounds (8.6 kg) for males and 14 pounds (6.3 kg) for females.

    Badger Habitats
    The badger is widely distributed in the contiguous United States. Its range extends southward from the Great Lakes states to the Ohio Valley and westward through the Great Plains to the Pacific Coast. Badgers are found at elevations of up to 12,000 feet (3,600 m). Badgers prefer open country with light to moderate cover, such as pastures, rangelands, deserts, alpine meadows and woodland edges inhabited by burrowing rodents. They are seldom found in areas that have many trees. Badger damage is a concern for any homeowner that encounters a badger problem.

    Badger Entry
    Badgers are especially adapted for burrowing, with strong front legs equipped with long, well-developed claws. They will burrow in yards and gardens in search of shelter as well as other burrowing quarry. Their burrowing habits can cause significant damage to yards and erosion to structure support.

     

    What To Do Before A Badger Specialist Arrives

     

    Badger Control and Safety 
    Badgers are not typically dangerous animals, however, if you are able to identify with certainty that you have badgers burrowing near your home we recommend that you contact your local Critter Control office and take a few steps to prepare for the technician’s arrival. Take a walk around the exterior and try to identify the burrowing point(s). This will be helpful for the badger removal technician.

    Contact a Critter Control Badger Specialist
    Badger removal and professional badger prevention services should be contacted as soon as a badger issue is identified. Call 1-800-CRITTER (274-8837)
    What To Expect Once A Badger Technician Arrives

     

    What To Expect Once A Badger Technician Arrives

     

    Badger Trapping and Removal
    Critter Control Technicians are Certified Wildlife Specialists, with the knowledge and tools to get rid of your badger problem. Critter Control offices practice humane badger removal techniques, that ensure the safe capture and release of your badger issue. Our Critter Control badger removal professionals are trained in badger removal, badger trapping, badger control and in how to identify badgers and prevent future badger damage.

    Badger Damage
    Most badgers damage results from their digging in pursuit of prey. Open burrows create a hazard to livestock and horseback riders. Badger diggings in crop fields may slow harvesting or cause damage to machinery. Digging can also damage earthen dams or dikes and irrigation canals, resulting in flooding and the loss of irrigation water. Diggings on the shoulders of roads can lead to erosion and the collapse of road surfaces.

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

    The above information was adapted from PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF WILDLIFE DAMAGE with permission of the editors, Scott E. Hygnstrom, Robert M. Timm, and Gary E. Larson (Cooperative Extension Division, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Animal Damage Control, Great Plains Agricultural Council Wildlife Committee).



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